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June 22, 2014

Traffic stop leads to chase, stolen cruiser, arrest

Pa. man allegedly assaulted officer, stole cruiser


How Zygarowski got from Merrimack View Court to Methuen, a distance of more than three miles, isn’t certain, but Patten said he believes Zygarowski hailed a cab.

Witnesses told police after Zygarowski left Ted’s, he headed toward the IHOP restaurant at 528 S. Broadway, across the border in Salem, a distance of about one-tenth of a mile.

At that point, New Hampshire State Police also joined the search.

Police had not confirmed yesterday whether Zygarowski was actually in IHOP, although witnesses put him in the restaurant’s kitchen. Police, now from six agencies, set up a perimeter. N.H. State Police put their helicopter into the air.

But if Zygarowski was in the restaurant, he slipped out before police surrounded the building, Patten said.

The search, now including K-9 units, continued.

Salem Officer Steve MacPherson spotted a man who matched Zygarowski’s description on the rail trail near 265 S. Broadway, close to the new Market Basket. The trail, which follows an old railroad bed, is in the open at that point.

MacPherson, joined by Salem Detective Lt. Kevin Fitzgerald, tried to arrest Zygarowski. Still, he resisted, Patten said.

After another brief struggle, Zygarowski was handcuffed and taken to the Salem station for booking.

He wasn’t armed when he was finally arrested, Patten said, and police don’t believe he ever had a weapon.

He was charged with two counts of simple assault, two counts of resisting arrest, one count of reckless operation, one count of disobeying an officer and two counts of criminal restraint.

More charges are likely, Patten said, including for the theft of the cruiser.

“He stole our cruiser in Massachusetts,” he said yesterday. “Our detectives are working with Lawrence to see what charges, if any, there will be in Massachusetts.”

The criminal restraint charges are the result of the passengers telling police they had asked repeatedly to be let out of the car, but Zygarowski refused.

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